KFFK // Short Film Festival Cologne

KFFK // Kurzfilmfestival Köln

13th edition

Nov 13 - Nov 16, 2020
Cologne, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student, Web
Film length Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description KFFK traces ongoing tendencies in the work of young talents and offers a platform for its presentation and discussion with an engaged audience and industry representatives. The festival's main section, the German competition, showcases the possibilities of narrative, documentary, animation and experimental shorts.

In further sections the festival offers looks at different regional and thematic focuses. The "New Aesthetic" program features a look at new tendencies in film online. Screenings and workshops specifically directed towards children completes the program.

Entries for the main competition is for German productions and co-productions only. International entries are possible for the New Aesthetic, 360°/VR, Shorts For Kids and XXShorts sections only.

Seit 2006 veranstalten der Kurzfilmfreunde e.V. das Kurzfilmfestival Köln/KFFK und bietet NRWs Medienmetropole ein lebendiges und dauerhaftes Forum für den unabhängigen Kurzfilm. Das Kurzfilmfestival Köln verfolgt aktuelle Tendenzen des ästhetischen und narrativen Schaffens junger Talente und versteht sich als Präsentations- und Diskussionsplattform für junge Filmemacher, ein debattierfreudiges Publikum und Branchenvertreter.


The sum total of the prizes for the 2019 edition is about 15.000 €


German Competition:
- 1. Jury Award - 3.500 € awarded in cooperation with SK Stiftung Kultur
- 2. Jury Award - Cologne Producers' Award: 1.800 €
- 1 day colour grading at WeFadeToGrey
- Choices Audience-Award: 500 €
- WDR-Award worth up to 5.000 €

Cologne Shorts/Kölner Fenster:
- Euipment rental worth 1.500 € from FinderTV
- color grading (1 studio day) at Farbkult Postproduktion
- WDR-Award worth up to 5.000 €

- Future Spaces Award sponsored by btf: 500 €
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Festival website http://www.kffk.de

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Class Founded: 2006
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Apr 11, 2019

Regular deadline: Aug 01, 2019
Late deadline: Aug 01, 2019

Notification date: Oct 15, 2019

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Awards Total prize money: 17,000.00 USD
Festival sections
360° / VR
For 360° and VR experiences.
Cologne Shorts / Kölner Fenster
For productions from Cologne only. Entries will automatically be considered for the German Competition.
German Competition / Deutscher Wettbewerb
Entries for the main competition is for German productions and co-productions only.
Shorts For Kids / Kurzes für Kurze
Shorts for children, programs for children of the ages 4 and up and 8 and up. International entries welcome, films not in the German language need to be without dialog.
General rules With submission you accepted the festival's rules and regulations.

Printable & German version at: http://www.kffk.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/regularien_kffk_2019.pdf


1. General Conditions
The competition is open to any film or video formats and doesn't commit to cinematic forms, themes or genres. A film, which isn't chosen by the selection committee for the competition, can be placed into a special program. The participation of the film at the festival can be canceled until the beginning of the eighth week before the start of the festival.

2. Organization
The Short Film Festival of Cologne is organized by the Kurzfilmfreunde Köln e.V. The main sponsors are the city of Cologne, the Film- and Media Foundation NRW and the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine- Westphalia.

3. Submissions for preselections
Closing date for film submissions is 1st of August 2019. The running length of the film should not be longer than 45 minutes and the date of completion should be in the year of the festival or in the prior year. Only completed films may participate. The submissions can only be made through the digital screener www.reelport.com or www.filmfestivallife.com.

German Competition: Only films with the production site located in Germany are admitted. German co-productions are also accepted.
Cologne Shorts: Films with production site located in Cologne are accepted.
New Aesthetic, 360°/VR Shorts For Kids: international productions accepted.

4. Accepted film formats
The screening copy of the film should be sended as DCP, BluRay, 16mm & 35mm. Films in german language should have subtitles in Englisch, films in english language should have subtitles in German. If the original language of the film is neither German nor English, the film should be (if possible) subtitled in both languages. If that is not possible, the film should be subtitled in English.

5. The selection
The entrants of the selected films will be contacted by email in mid-september. After that, the selected films will be published on the website of the Short Film Festival of Cologne. The selection committee will not inform the entrants in the case of rejection. After the invitation to the program, the entrant has to complete the application form with a short synopsis, a crew list, biography and filmography of the director and stills (300 dpi, jpg).

6. Awards
In addition to the jury and audience awards, there is also the WDR award. This award consist of a purchase by these TV stations. For this reason, the films participating on this competition, have still to be the holders of the broadcasting rights.

7. Sending of Screening Copies
The screening copies of the selected films must be received by the festival team in Cologne by 15th of October 2019 at the latest. The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. Preview copies as well as screening copies from non-EU countries must be marked: "temporary import- for cultural purposes only, no commercial value", and be accompanied by a proforma invoice of maximal 20 euros.

8. Return of Screening Copies
The festival bares the cost of returning of the viewing copies.

9. Video Library
During the festival, all the selected film will be made available for the professional visitors, except otherwise agreed in writing four weeks before the festival. The Video Library can be used freely by all accredited persons. The participation is free of charge

10. Recognition of the regulations
Any participation in the KFFK festival presupposes recognition by the participant of the present regulations. Any borderline of special cases not adequately covered under the terms of the present regulations shall be decided by the festival management.